“I want to help
student-athletes achieve higher education and eliminate the excuse that its
not possible because of my environment. I want to help parents understand
that their involvement is critical to the development of their children to
replicate their character and build upon their own. I want to help the
community to become inspired by the student-athletes from their
neighborhood. If you join me in supporting this scholastic campaign for
academic integrity you will be revitalizing the importance of education and
strengthening the benefits of sports.”
Maine Prince, Speech to PFL participants, June 16, 2008
The Blueprint Issues
are the discussed in detail throughout the plan to improve the quality of
life of student-athletes in the county of Philadelphia for the 2008-2009
year. Click on one of the links below or to the right to preview what
is discussed in The Blueprint for Opportunity, a comprehensive guide to how
student-athletes can be empowered - enlightened - encouraged to take their
education to the next level. The blueprint also is intended for
parents of student-athletes, to give them an understanding of the problems
faced, resolutions to those problems, and steps to take action. The
Opportunity Campaign is focused on inspiring student-athletes academically
as well as athletically.
Every month we will
be performing speaking engagements at schools, luncheons, town hall
meetings, house part meetings, and special requested events throughout the
city of Philadelphia throughout this 10-month outreach campaign to promote
the awareness of these issues so that people can be informed of the topics
and how each population can support education and sports.
To obtain the full
blueprint, please click here to
receive a copy of the plan.
that participate in their respective sport since their freshman year of high
school should have the option of continuing the play sports into college. Some
major colleges start recruiting athletes as early as 7th grade, by
inviting them to youth football camps and monitoring their progress. It’s
beneficial to start planning for college early to be able to select the right
college for an athlete’s ability and character. There are over 500 colleges
that offer athletic scholarships in football and over 1000 for basketball, but
many only know what they see through the media. We plan to expand that
Giving back to the
community can be as simple as volunteering a few hours per week, per month, or
per project to help non-profits create a better life for someone in need.
study was done that correlates community service with academic success;
students, who maintain a weekly community service record, are more likely to
succeed and have a higher grade point average than those who do none at all.
There are several careers in community service as well, such as being a fireman,
working as a police officer or the national guard, and working as an executive
in a nonprofit serving the community.
Going to college is
the ultimate goal of student-athletes, but paying for college is getting more
and more difficult because of the current economic decline and the increased
cost of living as compared to the previous 10-20 years. However, when planning
for college there are a plethora of ways that scholarships can be obtained to
pay for full tuition or to begin saving for college as late as middle school or
high school. PSTC has a plan that will promote investment selections into short
term and long term goals for success.
needs to improve the quality of life among student-athletes to motivate them
to expand their education in various fields and select the career path that
fits their intrinsic values. Many jobs can be obtained without
education, but to increase a lifetime salary 100 times that of the minimum
wage, student-athletes should continue their education beyond a high school
diploma and obtain a college degree or post-graduate degree. PSTC has
a plan for student-athletes that will inspire them academically as well as
athletically by using what they have to go where they need to be.
The best ally
that a student-athlete can have throughout his sports career to decrease the
amount of time absent from the playing field or the court is health
insurance. Sports injuries are common in most sports, but in explosive
sports that involve increased mobility and strength student-athletes are
more susceptible to injuries that when treated promptly can reduce the
severity of the injury and the length of rehabilitation. Unfortunately,
many student-athletes do not have insurance. PSTC has a plan that will
provide every student-athlete with insurance.
A majority of
student-athletes are growing up in single parent households that have more than
one child in the home and typically the head of household is the mother.
Because time management is critical to the development of their child, PSTC has
a plan that will assist families in coordinating their time to actively
participate in their child’s sports career. The minimal time of hour per week
at the school could help raise $1000 per month just being a part of a group of
parents that want to assist in the development of a Booster Club or attend their
child’s game by cheering them on. A little – goes a long way!
student-athletes train more frequently and more aggressively than athletes did
of previous generations. Scientifically, optimal athletic performance requires
the following breakdown by percentage: 25%
physical, 25% mental and 50% nutritional! If an athlete is malnourished then
their performance during competition or practice is going to be lethargic. High
intensity athletes need to consume 3,000 - 4,000 calories per day in order to
compete at high energy levels. PSTC plans to address this issue and demonstrate
to parents how to make better selections at the grocery store to spend less and
should participate in a professional strength & conditioning curriculum to
compliment speed-agility-quickness workouts. The competition in sports can be
continued through an off-season conditioning program that will improve the
sports performance of a majority of athletes. Reducing injuries, improving
flexibility, increasing strength levels, and enhancing technique in form running
to allow faster times in typical tests for their respective sport. PSTC has a
plan to instruct coaches and parents on the fundamentals of designing sports
specific training that tracks the success of the program.